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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert McCarthy joined The Buffalo News in 1982 and has been political reporter since 1992. A native of Schenectady, he graduated from St. Bonaventure University.


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President Trump this afternoon tweeted his support for State Sen. Chris Jacobs in the special election to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of former Rep. Chris Collins. "Chris Jacobs will be a great Congressman who will always fight for the people of New York. He supports our #MAGA Agenda, will continue to Secure Our Border, Loves our Military, Vets, and is Stron…

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Democrats in the 61st Senate District are poised to endorse Amherst Council Member Jacqualine Berger for the seat of retiring Republican Michael H. Ranzenhofer, setting the stage for an apparent three-way primary in June. And in the 140th Assembly District now represented by the retiring Robin L. Schimminger, a Democrat, the party is expected to endorse Tonawanda Counci…

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It must be tough these days for Stefan Mychajliw. The Erie County comptroller and 27th Congressional District candidate can only watch from the sidelines as Republican Chris Jacobs and Democrat Nate McMurray square off for the April 28 special election. Following the tumult of former Rep. Chris Collins’ resignation and nomination of successor candidates, the spotlight –…

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When businessman Anthony H. Gioia learned a longtime former employee was seriously ill in a Florida hospice, he hatched a plan that proved surprisingly easy to accomplish. Gioia, who was once president of Gioia Macaroni and is a former ambassador to Malta, knew that Tom DiPasquale, who worked for more than a quarter century as a Gioia salesman, was godfather to an impor…

Erie County

District Attorney John J. Flynn appears headed toward a second term following his expected endorsement Thursday by Erie County Republicans. A Democrat who formerly served as a Tonawanda town justice, Flynn now is expected to face no opposition and be guaranteed re-election following the GOP nominations slated to be approved at a Thursday evening meeting. Erie County …

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It will take three elections in 2020 to fill the seat left open by the resignation of Chris Collins. Here is a look at how the race for New York's 27th Congressional District is shaping up. April 28: Special Election Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday formally set the date for a special election to fill the remainder of Collins' unexpired term. The parties have designated t…

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When Robert G. Ortt ended his quest on Tuesday for the Republican nomination to succeed Chris Collins in Congress, his observations dwelled on realities. The state senator from North Tonawanda recognized that Christopher L. Jacobs had wrapped up the GOP nomination for an April 28 special election, and that his Senate colleague would have plenty of money for what lies ah…

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Almost every level of government – federal, state, county and city – plunged headlong Monday into the escalating dispute between Washington and Albany over the Trump administration's new prohibition against New Yorkers renewing or enrolling in its trusted traveler program. Minutes after U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. asserted at a Peace Bridge news conference that c…

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A Washington, D.C., political action committee founded by Jack Kemp has thrown its support behind Beth Parlato to fill the seat left vacant by former Rep. Chris Collins. Jimmy Kemp, the late Buffalo area congressman's son and the executive director of Empower America Project, announced Monday that the political fundraising organization would endorse Parlato, a former Da…

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U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. blasted New York State on Monday for refusing to share Department of Motor Vehicles records with federal immigration and customs officers, saying it puts at risk the nation's security and the lives of federal agents at the border. Kennedy and other federal law enforcement officials criticized the state for withholding DMV records on dr…

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No injuries were reported following a Sunday morning collision involving a car and Metro Rail train at Main and Court streets. Michael Martineck, spokesman for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, said the incident occurred about 9:30 a.m. when a driver ran a red light and his vehicle crashed into the passing train. Reports did not specify whether the train wa…

Who would ever expect it? The 27th Congressional District commanding statewide – maybe national – attention in 2020? The eight-county swath formerly represented by Chris Collins remains deep red turf – no muss, no fuss for the GOP. But Collins’ legal troubles opened the doors to a parade of Republicans eager to succeed him, and a free-for-all that can only delight Democ…

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Presidential campaigns beckon in New Hampshire this weekend, and much of Western New York’s Democratic establishment is answering the call. Local supporters of Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and other presidential candidates are heading east for the nation’s most intense current politics as Democrats compete in the New Hampshire primary for the right to fac…

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In a sign that the special election campaign for the 27th Congressional District is underway, Democratic candidate Nate McMurray is challenging Republican Christopher L. Jacobs to a series of debates. McMurray, the former Grand Island supervisor and unsuccessful candidate against former Rep. Chris Collins in 2018, on Wednesday proposed a session for each of the district…

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As if confusion does not already surround filling the vacant 27th Congressional District seat, Erie County Conservatives injected even more over the weekend by endorsing attorney Beth A. Parlato for the November general election and again rejecting Republican candidate Christopher L. Jacobs. The action means Parlato, an occasional Fox News commentator and former Darien …